- 27 contact lenses were recovered from a woman having a hard time seeing
- The lenses were found after a cataract operation
- The 67-year-old patient dismisses her visual discomfort to old age
A 67-year-old woman was having a hard time with her sense of sight.
She believed it was because of cataract and old age. But it turns out to be just a layer of 27 contact lenses stuck in her eyes that’s impairing her vision.
The team of optometrists recovered 17 contact lenses from the patient during her cataract surgery.
“It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there,” opthalmologist Rupal Morjaria told Optometrist Today.
But it’s not the end of the contact-lens unearthing. After the surgery, further examination left them discovering another 10 lenses.
How did it get there?
Well, the woman had been using disposable contact lenses for 35 years but she did not go to regular doctor’s appointments. She was also not aware that her contact lenses were missing until her eyes became more and more irritating.
After removing the layer of lenses, the patient said her eyes felt more comfortable.
It’s a fortunate thing, however, that she did not go blind after the infection that could have been obtained from the prolonged wear of the eye aids.
An article by Medical Daily said that sleeping with your contacts on can cause eye ulcer, propagation of microorganisms there and at worst cases, blindness.
For contact lens users out there, be mindful and be responsible. You wouldn’t want to risk losing your vision because there’s so many beautiful things to see in this world.